MLB trade rumors roundup: Zack Cozart, Sonny Gray, and more

Sonny Gray remains the player in the league with the biggest rumor magnet on his back, but fellow pitching standout Yu Darvish isn’t far behind. While the former is almost certainly getting traded, the latter may not be. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have teams after him, despite the Rangers not definitively deciding whether they’re even selling yet.

There are other players on the trading block too, though, of the non-pitching variety. So once again we’ve rounded all of the recently surfaced rumors up in one place so you’re able to keep track.

Los Angeles is a +350 favorite to win the World Series at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The favorites are extremely well-rounded, ranking No. 1 in the majors in ERA among starters (3.24), No. 2 in bullpen ERA (2.99) and No. 4 in run production with 5.14 runs of offense per game.

With no noticeable weaknesses and an elite home record at 39-11, this Dodgers team will be tough to beat in a seven-game series.

Los Angeles’ biggest threats in the National League currently appear to be the Washington Nationals (+700 to win the World Series), Chicago Cubs (+800), and Arizona Diamondbacks (+1600).

The defending champion Cubs still haven’t shaken off their World Series hangover, coming into the second half trailing the Milwaukee Brewers (+2500) by 5.5 games for the top spot in the NL Central.

It’s worth remembering, both with the Tigers and with basically every other China Cheap Jerseys Wholesale major deal we’re talking about here, that teams signed these contracts knowing that eventually, they’d be problematic. The hope was that, before they became issues, the Tigers would win a World Series or Cycling Cheap Jerseys two and justify all of the horror to come with a trophy. The Tigers haven’t won, though, and given they’re 39-48 as of this writing, don’t look like they’re going to, either.

Former Cardinals S Chris Clemons found guilty of assaulting woman

Chris Clemons has been found guilty of misdemeanor assault for punching a woman in 2016, TMZ Sports reported.

The former Cardinals safety was sentenced to 10 days in jail by a Scottsdale, Ariz., court, with five of those days suspended.

Clemons, 35, also will have to pay a $30,000 fine, take an anger management course and be on probation for a year.

Clemons was outside a nightclub in Scottsdale in May 2016 when he punched the woman in the face after she and one of Clemons’ female friends got into an argument.

The Cardinals cut Clemons in September. He remains a free agent.

With Dixon unavailable for a quarter of the year, the Ravens signed Danny Woodhead to be West’s primary complement in the backfield. Woodhead is one of the best pass-catching running backs of the decade, but he’s now 32 and plagued by injuries in recent years, playing just 21 games in the past three seasons. Still, Woodhead figures to play a prominent role in the offense as long as he stays healthy.

The passing game is also dealing with injuries and retirements. Steve Smith rode off into the sunset, while tight end Dennis Pitta was released after suffering a possible career-ending hip injury. Breshad Perriman missed his entire 2015 rookie year with a knee injury and didn’t contribute much last season, putting up just 33 catches for 499 yards and three touchdowns.

The good news is that Baltimore took advantage of the Kansas City Chiefs’ poor salary cap management, signing Jeremy Maclin after he became a cap casualty in June. Maclin has injury concerns of his own, but the 29-year-old is just a season removed from hauling in eight touchdowns and 1,088 yards on 87 catches. He’ll Cheap Cycling Jerseys be playing out of the slot position with Perriman and Mike Wallace on the outside, which makes for a formidable WR trio if everyone stays Cheap Custom Baseball Jerseys healthy and plays up to their potential.

Saints’ Adrian Peterson ‘itching’ to play preseason games

Adrian Peterson is ready to lead his team to victory.

Although the Saints running back hasn’t made an appearance in a preseason game in since 2013, he’s eager to get back on the football field after an extended absence.

Two factors worked against the two quarterbacks: First, they were facing the Broncos’ top-notch pass defense, and, second, the offense was working primarily in the red zone, where the windows are smaller, especially against veterans such as Aqib Talib and Chris Harris.

But …

It’s NFL football, Joseph said. Make your reads. We have good receivers. They can win against anybody. When you say that, it’s not about the overall secondary, it’s about the matchup. [Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders] can win. So find them and throw the ball to them.

Lynch suffered two of the INTs, one by Bradley Roby that would’ve been a pick-six.

Not pretty, but Joseph insists he isn’t frustrated by the QBs.

It’s not going to be based on a one-day evaluation, Joseph said. It’s been pretty good. It wasn’t very good today, and it was both guys. So I’m OK.

The Bears’ quest to find a franchise quarterback led them to pay steep costs to acquire both Mike Glennon and Mitchell Trubisky this spring. Adding Cousins doesn’t make a ton of sense — but neither did trading four draft picks to move up from the No. 3 overall Cheap Braves Jerseys pick to No. 2 in this year’s draft, so you can’t rule it out.

Chicago offers a solid offensive line — its quarterbacks were sacked on less than 5 percent of all dropbacks last season — but few legitimate receiving targets. Cameron Meredith and a potentially healthy Kevin White are the top options on a Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men depth chart that includes retreads like Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright, and Rueben Randle.

Patriots become first NFL franchise to own planes

After a historic Super Bowl comeback, the Patriots have set yet another record.

New England has purchased two jets to become the first NFL franchise to own their own planes to fly to games, ESPN reported Tuesday, citing unidentified sources.

According to the report, the Patriots bought two 767 Boeing wide-body planes during the offseason. The jets have been retrofitted with all first-class seats and painted with the red, white, and blue team logo. They’ve even been decorated with five Lombardi trophies on the tail.

The Patriots will use the jets for round-trip travel to their 10 road games and allow the planes to be rented when they are not being used by the team.

Due to the expensive cost of charter travel and the fact that a number of organizations, including the Cardinals, Ravens, Colts, Jaguars, Steelers, and Dolphins, will no longer fly with American Airlines, more plane purchases could be on the Cheap NFL Jerseys horizon for NFL franchises.

Is doing all of it extra? Yes. Does it really matter? No.

Bringing that to the field shows Beckham is human. He might be somebody that — if given the chance to meet — you would have something in common with. Football is a game, and games are supposed to be fun. He’s making it fun.

Having customized cleats has been a practice that’s grown in football over the past decade, but Beckham has taken it to another level.

Beckham’s worn a variety of customized cleats that have celebrated Christmas with the Grinch, paid tribute Craig Sager with vibrant colors, or Cheap NFL Jerseys USA honored America in remembrance of 9/11.

Mike McCarthy is holding back the Packers, says disgruntled but correct former employee

Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFL. We can all acknowledge that, no matter what team it is we root for individually. (Patriots fans, you have five championships. Admitting this is no slight to Tom Brady.) So why haven’t the Packers won more than a single Super Bowl with Rodgers in the huddle?

Ted Thompson’s low batting average in the draft and an aversion to free agency is definitely part of the problem.

Now that he’s healthy, Arians is taking a different approach to each day. I now realize more than ever nothing is guaranteed in life, he wrote. Every day needs to enjoyed and celebrated to the fullest. Roses need to be smelled, sunsets savored, time with family cherished.

Arians’ strength has been impressive. It’s easy for most to walk away from their work after experiencing bad health as Arians did as many times as he did. But he will try to use his perseverance to inspire others to push through their own trials and tribulations.

Moving forward, I want to be a beacon of hope for others struggling with cancer, he wrote. My fight is their fight. I’m not coaching for myself in 2017; I’m coaching for everyone who’s dealing with cancer. This is my charge.

The Cardinals had a disappointing 7-8-1 season last year, missing out on the postseason. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald both returned to make at least one more push for a Super Bowl. Tyrann Mathieu will be healthy, they added a pair of Baseball Jerseys Custom veterans on the defense in Antoine Bethea and Karlos Dansby, and drafted highly touted Authentic Cheap Jerseys safety Budda Baker.

Arians will also be along for at least one more — possibly more.

Kenny Easley takes stand against police brutality in Hall of Fame speech

Kenny Easley became the fourth former Seahawks player enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After congratulating his fellow Hall of Famers, stating the case for several of his former teammates and peers to get elected, and thanking former coaches, teammates and family members, Easley’s speech then took a serious tone during Saturday’s ceremony at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

He makes it easy, Mariota said, via the team’s website . He made a couple of great plays, and that is something to build off of and hopefully we’ll carry that over. He’s savvy, and he understands routes and ways to get open and create separation. So I think the way he was able to come out today and make plays says a lot about him and we are excited.

Decker, who is coming off a season-ending shoulder injury, spent three seasons with the Jets before being released in June after the team failed to find a trade partner for the 30-year-old wideout. Despite his dismissal from New York, Decker shared his optimism about working with Mariota, saying he admired the young signal caller and thought they would have great chemistry on the field.

He’s a big guy, and he throws a great ball. He is very accurate, and he uses his feet and gets out of the pocket and throws, Decker said in June. He’s a talent, but I also like the way he carries himself. He is very stoic, and he seems very humble. I hear he’s a real football junkie who wants to be great, and that’s so important.

A third-round pick by the Broncos in the 2010 NFL Draft, Decker Cheap NFL Jerseys China has three seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 receiving AC Milan Cheap Jerseys touchdowns since 2012.

LeBron James blindsided by Kyrie Irving request that Cavs trade him, report says

Cavs guard Kyrie Irving made an interesting comment at a Sports Illustrated event this week calling the Cavs’ offseason “peculiar.” You know what would have made their offseason even more peculiar? Trading Kyrie Irving.

According to ESPN.com, Irving asked the Cavs last week to trade him. One of his preferred destinations is the San Antonio Spurs.

Obviously Irving has not been traded at this point, but if this story is accurate then what on earth is going on in Cleveland? Per ESPN.com:

Jones, a former fourth-round pick of the Bills out of Ohio State in 2016, was in jeopardy of making the team after OTAs and minicamp because the Bills signed veteran backup T.J. Yates in free agency and selected Nathan Peterman in the fifth round of this year’s draft.

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In L.A., Jones will be reunited with former Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn, now head coach in Los Angeles. Jones made his only career start in the season finale last year for the Bills with Lynn as interim coach, going 6 for 11 with 96 yards and one interception in a Week 16 loss to the Jets.

The Chargers’ move doesn’t bode well for Robert Griffin III, who Cheap Jerseys USA Soccer worked out for the team on Tuesday and was hoping to be a viable backup to Philip Rivers in San Diego. The Chargers currently have Kellen Clemens, Mike Bercovici and Eli Jenkins Cheap Jerseys Paypal Free Shipping on the roster behind Rivers.

NBA trade rumors: Cavs, Pacers, Nuggets nearly pulled off blockbuster deal involving Paul George, Kevin Love

To say it’s been an ugly offseason for the Cavs would be putting it mildly.

Cleveland let general manager David Griffin walk out the door along with vice president of basketball operations Trent Redden only days before the NBA Draft. The Cavs saw the gap between them and the Warriors widen during free agency as Golden State seemingly improved its roster while Cleveland retained Kyle Korver and added only Jose Calderon and Jeff Green in free agency. Chauncey Billups passed on the GM opening after being offered a below-market salary. All of this left LeBron James “frustrated” and “concerned” about where the Cavs are going.

Then the Kyrie Irving trade talks picked up this past weekend after it was reported Irving wants out of Cleveland. Can’t get any worse, right? Wrong.

According to an ESPN report documenting the weeks leading up to Irving’s trade request, the Cavs nearly acquired Paul George in a three-team deal with the Pacers and Nuggets. Here’s how it went down, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst:

So they’re basically in the same situation, standings-wise, but with 16 fewer games to make up the deficit. That’s not ideal.

During that June 30 press conference, DeWitt, John Mozeliak (who was bumped up from GM to president of baseball operations) and new GM Mike Girsch all Cheap Jerseys Outlet Shop said the same basic thing: They were going to use the next couple of weeks to Cheap Jerseys Online evaluate how they would approach the deadline, using a healthy amount of caution during the evaluation period.

Adam Silver: Seattle has good shot when NBA expands

Seattle was once a proud NBA franchise for nearly 40 years before it moved to Oklahoma City.

The Supersonics won an NBA championship in 1979 and went to two more NBA Finals in 1978 and 1996. Great players like Gary Payton, Jack Sikma, Ray Allen and many more played for the Sonics.

Allen and several other players have been trying to get a team back to Seattle in recent years and Adam Silver gave them hope in an interview with The Players Tribune and C.J. McCollum.

He continued, “the Cleveland Cavaliers have given him everything he’s wanted. They have the highest payroll in NBA history. He wanted J.R. Smith last summer, they paid him. They brought in Kyle Korver. He’s the best player in the world. Does he want all the best players? Does he want to compete?”

LeBron fired back. “He’s a hater,” he said to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “What makes what he says credible? Because he’s on TV?”

So J.R. gave us his thoughts on the feud and some well-needed extra nuggets to make the internet a fun place again.

A quick, but significant complication: Verlander has complete veto power over any trade, as a player with 10 years of MLB service, including five with his current team. He’d have to approve any deal, which seems likely to happen because it’s doubtful the highly competitive Verlander wants to pitch through the rebuild that is coming soon to Detroit. To agree to wave that veto power, though, he could make demands — such as forcing the other team to guarantee that 2020 option, for example — to allow the trade to go through.

And then there’s this issue: Verlander hasn’t been nearly as good this year as he was in 2016, when he finished a very close second in the AL Cy Young Cheap Jerseys NFL Wholesale race. It’s not just his ERA that has jumped in the wrong way — from 3.04 to 4.50 — but Cheap Jerseys NCAA Basketball the peripherals, too: K/9 (from 10.0 to 8.7), BB/9 (from 2.3 to 4.1), H/9 (6.8 to 8.9), WHIP (1.00 to 1.44) and FIP (3.48 to 4.21).

Cubs’ Kris Bryant returns to the lineup Saturday

Kris Bryant gave the entire Cubs fan base a scare when he slid into third base and caught his hand on a cleat this week. They let out a collective sigh of relief when they discovered it was just a pinky sprain, but still, no Cubs fan wants to see their star third baseman get hurt.

Bryant has been held out of the lineup since injuring his pinky, but the Cubs announced he makes his return to the lineup Saturday.

The San Diego grad will be batting second behind Ben Zobrist as the Cubs will attempt to win for the seventh time in their last eight games. Their six-game winning streak they had coming out of the break was broken Friday night with an 11-4 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis (Gatto): Nightengale says Boston wants to do one-stop shopping to plug holes at third base and in the bullpen. Prado and Phelps fulfill those respective desires well. Prado is healthy after two trips to the DL because of hamstring injuries. He would be ideal for the Sox’s contact-heavy lineup (third-fewest Ks in the majors). Phelps, a right-hander, can be a multi-inning option out of the ‘pen. His poor April has mostly been forgotten; he compiled a 2.70 ERA over 30 innings from May 3 through July 9.

Analysis (Gatto): Miami is expected to sell this month, and Gordon would represent a substantial piece of that sell-off. Nightengale reported three teams have expressed interest in the speedy (32 stolen bases) leadoff Cheap Jerseys In Toronto man, who would be a long-term play for those clubs. (UPDATE: Heyman reports the Angels, Blue Jays and the Royals are the teams that have inqured.) Gordon three years and $37 million remaining on his contract after 2017, plus a $14 million club option ($1 million buyout) for 2021, per Cot’s Contracts. One potential drawback: age. Gordon is 29, which means he will be entering his decline phase during the latter stages Cheap Jerseys Ireland of that contract.